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  • Multilateralism Comes to the Courts [Long, but Important]

    03/27/2004 10:04:25 PM PST · by MegaSilver · 4 replies · 1,080+ views
    The Public Interest ^ | Winter 2004 | Ken I. Kersch
    The rulings of the Supreme Court in last spring’s landmark affirmative-action and gayrights cases were less surprising than the reasoning used by some of the Court’s justices. In resolving constitutional questions, the Court routinely relies on arguments appealing to the constitutional text and government structure, to precedent and prudence. In Grutter v. Bollinger, however, which upheld the use of racial preferences in law school admissions, and in Lawrence v. Texas, which struck down Texas’s prohibition on same-sex sodomy, the Court drew an additional arrow from its quiver. Several justices chose to assess the constitutionality of purely domestic civil-rights and civil...
  • Danger from Foreign Legal Precedent

    03/25/2004 6:37:01 AM PST · by DoctorMichael · 11 replies · 215+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 3/25/03 | Times Editors
    <p>Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor drew national attention to a developing judicial trend in October when she addressed the Southern Center for International Studies in Atlanta: "I suspect that over time we will rely increasingly, or take notice at least increasingly, on international and foreign courts in examining domestic issues."</p>
  • My Modest Proposal (If homosexual marriage, then why not incest?)

    03/13/2004 9:58:11 AM PST · by quidnunc · 72 replies · 285+ views
    The Toronto Sun ^ | March 13, 2003 | Michael Coren
    Gay couples all across North America are getting married. What a great symbol of tolerance. In the name of that same tolerance, however, I believe we should go further and allow brothers and sisters to marry. In other words, incest should be not only allowed but recognized and affirmed by the state. If you're not tolerant of this, quite clearly you should not be tolerated. Those of you who are shocked at first glance should take some time to consider what I'm saying. Remember, there were at one time frightened and reactionary people who objected to marriage between homosexuals. Sometimes...
  • Grandma, Will You Marry Me?

    03/10/2004 1:35:24 PM PST · by jerhad · 54 replies · 555+ views
    Jerhad!com ^ | 3/10/04 | Jeremy Robb
    I love my grandmother very much, and I think it’s time to ask for her hand in marriage. Since I live in San Francisco, I think there’s a pretty good chance we can get the license approved. If banning same-sex marriage violates California’s equal protection clause in the constitution, then certainly banning incest marriage also violates that equal protection clause. I know, most of you out there are saying ''dude, that’s pretty freakin’ gross!'' Whatever. That’s really not your concern. How many people think same-sex marriage is gross? That shouldn’t be the measure of whether or not we allow people...
  • Marrying in the Family : Biology Disputes Taboos Surrounding 'Kissing Cousins'

    03/05/2004 12:25:23 PM PST · by ZGuy · 67 replies · 1,248+ views
    ABCNews ^ | 3/5/04 | John Stossel
    Everyone wants to fall in love; it's the stuff of movies, songs and dreams. But what if you fall in love with your cousin? For one couple, romance bloomed among two cousins who met as adults after a 20 year absence. "We ran into each other, at a family reunion," Christie Smith told ABCNEWS. "And we just struck it off." Smith said marrying her cousin Mark brought concerns. "It was very scary, at first. I thought that it was something that was very wrong," said Smith. Einstein Kissed His Cuz Cousins who fall in love have a right to voice...
  • Has Same-Sex Marriage Eliminated The Estate Tax? (How's this scenario....)

    03/01/2004 4:52:12 PM PST · by jigsaw · 75 replies · 864+ views
    Lord Knows | March 1, 2004, A.D. | jigsaw
    Your Mom and Dad have a ton of money, and much of it will be hit with heavy estate taxes when they both pass on. So, let's say your Dad dies, and your Mom has all the money. Now, if marriage is going to be defined as an agreement between consenting adults, simply marry your Mother. She does love you, doesn't she? And you love her! You become her husband. If necessary, she can legally disown you as her son. When she passes on, her estate, which you share as you're married, will go laterally to you, her spouse, rather...
  • Father who married daughter ordered back to prison

    02/27/2004 7:43:58 AM PST · by chance33_98 · 92 replies · 6,697+ views
    Father who married daughter ordered back to prison MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- A 53-year-old man was sent back to prison after a judge decided the man had violated a probation order barring him from cohabitation with his 30-year-old daughter, who is also his former wife. Mobile County Circuit Judge John Lockett ordered Carroll Eugene Ferdinandsen to prison on Thursday after determining he violated a probation order barring him from cohabitation with Alice Ferdinandsen. Each had pleaded guilty to incest last summer in connection with their May 2003 civil marriage in Mobile County and served six months in jail before...
  • Order in the Court (Ingraham)

    02/27/2004 7:22:55 AM PST · by Choose Ye This Day · 53 replies · 376+ views ^ | February 26, 2004 | Laura Ingraham
    Order in the Court! Gasps are coming from the Left-and even from the Libertarian Right-about the President's decision (finally!) to confront our increasingly activist judiciary. This is an attempt to create a "wedge issue" echoed the lemmings in the media. This is another Bush attempt to "divide" the country! Yet any gasps should be directed at the bench, where for decades Americans have seen their views and their traditions systematically trashed. Whether it's the issue of marriage, prayer at football games, or God in the Pledge of Allegiance, we've seen courts from coast to coast venture far beyond proper role...
  • Brother and sister fight to wed (Australia)

    02/20/2004 4:19:44 PM PST · by knak · 84 replies · 330+ views ^ | 2/20/04
    A WEST Australian couple who are brother and sister by adoption, but unrelated by blood, are battling a federal law that prevents their marrying. Kevin and Deborah Jefferies have been in love for at least 10 years and want to get married. But under the Federal Marriage Act 1961, which prevents brothers and sisters marrying, their relationship is taboo. The couple became siblings on paper when their parents married and Kevin's father adopted Deborah and her sisters. "There's so many people who can get divorced so easily – we can't even get married to start with," Kevin told Channel 7....
  • Bucking the Trend: Courts Resist LAWRENCE

    02/17/2004 10:38:28 AM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 16 replies · 230+ views
    BreakPoint | 17 Feb 04 | Charles Colson
    Last summer, the Supreme Court, in LAWRENCE V. TEXAS, overturned a Texas statute against sodomy. The majority's sweeping rhetoric prompted concern that the Court's opinion would undermine marriage and virtually every other moral standard. Justice Scalia was outraged in his dissent. Earlier this month, two important decisions concerning homosexuality came down, and surprisingly, the courts found a way around LAWRENCE. It's a reminder of the difference that judges who respect the law, instead of trying to write it, can make. The first case, LIMON V. KANSAS, involved a challenge to Kansas's statutory rape law. The law, which prohibits sex between...
  • The Real Homosexual Lobby

    02/02/2004 6:35:44 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 15 replies · 169+ views ^ | 02-02-04 | Farah, Joseph
    The real homosexual lobby Posted: February 2, 2004 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2004 The Democratic National Committee is counting heavily on a high turnout of homosexual voters to elect its nominee president in 2004. According to the DNC's "Pride at the Polls" campaign, "gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgendered" voters totaled 4.2 million in the 2000 campaign. That number may sound impressive at first glance. But given the fact that more than 105 million Americans voted in that presidential election, we see this special-interest group represents only a tiny 3.9 percent of voters. Add to this that homosexual activists have...
  • Utah polygamy ban is challenged

    01/28/2004 9:02:22 AM PST · by yonif · 19 replies · 459+ views
    KRON 4 ^ | January 28, 2004 | AP
    Salt Lake City-AP -- Last year's Supreme Court decision striking down Texas' ban on sodomy could have legal repercussions in Utah. A civil rights attorney has filed a federal suit, challenging Utah's ban on polygamy. And some legal experts say the case could succeed, because of the high court's ruling in the sodomy case. The Texas case involved two gay men who were arrested after police went into their apartment and found them having sex. The Utah suit involves a married couple and another woman who wanted to enter into a group marriage but were denied a marriage license by...
  • Polygamy laws next to be tossed?

    01/27/2004 9:00:15 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 11 replies · 163+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 1/27/04 | Alexandria Sage
    When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Texas' law against sodomy last year, at least one justice foresaw the likes of Brian Barnard. Justice Antonin Scalia warned that the ruling would unleash a wave of challenges to state laws against ''bigamy, same-sex marriage, adult incest, prostitution, masturbation, adultery, fornication, bestiality, and obscenity.'' Sure enough, Barnard, a civil rights attorney, has brought a lawsuit challenging Utah's ban on polygamy. And some legal experts say the case could have a fighting chance because of the Supreme Court's gay-sex ruling. The federal lawsuit, filed Jan. 12, involves a married couple, identified only as...
  • Utah Challenge to Polygamy Law Cites SCOTUS Ruling on Sodomy

    01/13/2004 4:46:16 PM PST · by Federalist 78 · 13 replies · 174+ views
    AgapePress ^ | January 13, 2004 | Fred Jackson and Jody Brown
    The warnings issued last summer in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling throwing out a Texas sodomy law are now coming true.The high court ruled in Lawrence v. Texas that the state's sodomy law was unconstitutional, arguing the state had no right to curtail the sexual behavior of consenting adults. The case involved two men who were arrested after police entered their apartment and found them engaged in homosexual sex. (See Earlier Article)Many pro-family groups warned that the decision would open the door to legalizing all kinds of other sexual perversions. In fact, one Republican lawmaker -- U.S. Senator...
  • Attorney challenges Utah ban on polygamy, citesTexas sodomy case

    01/13/2004 12:25:03 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 21 replies · 673+ views ^ | Tuesday, January 13, 2003 | ALEXANDRIA SAGE, AP writer
    Attorney challenges Utah ban on polygamy, citesTexas sodomy case ALEXANDRIA SAGE Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY - A civil rights attorney challenged Utah's ban on polygamy Monday, citing a Supreme Court ruling that struck down a Texas sodomy law. The lawsuit says Salt Lake County clerks refused a marriage license to a couple because the man was already married to another woman, who had consented to the additional marriage. In denying the marriage license, the county violated the plaintiffs' First Amendment right to practice their religion, attorney Brian Barnard said in the complaint. The suit said polygamy is the plaintiffs'...
  • Suit Challenges Constitutionality of Utah Ban on Polygamy

    01/12/2004 2:11:03 PM PST · by mrobison · 318 replies · 2,504+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | January 12, 2004 | Alexandria Sage
    SALT LAKE CITY — A leading civil rights attorney prepared Monday to file a federal lawsuit challenging Utah’s ban on polygamy, citing the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down a Texas sodomy law. The suit says Salt Lake County clerks refused a marriage license to plaintiffs G. Lee Cook, an adult male, and J. Bronson, an adult female, because Cook was already married to D. Cook. That woman had given her consent to the additional marriage. In denying the marriage license, the county violated the plaintiffs’ First Amendment right to practice their religion, attorney Brian Barnard says in...
  • ***FYI*** H. RES. 468 Expressing disapproval IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

    01/09/2004 5:44:16 PM PST · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 29 replies · 229+ views ^ | November 21, 2003 | 108th CONGRESS Mr. GRAVES
    HRES 468 IH 108th CONGRESS 1st Session H. RES. 468Expressing disapproval of the consideration by Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States of foreign laws and public opinion in their decisions, urging the end of this practice immediately to avoid setting a dangerous precedent, and urging all Justices to base their opinions solely on the merits under the Constitution of the United States. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES November 21, 2003 Mr. GRAVES submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary RESOLUTIONExpressing disapproval of the consideration by Justices of the Supreme Court of...
  • Gays Celebrate Recent Victories: "It was a very gay year" & "Dems go gay"

    01/03/2004 2:45:53 PM PST · by nwrep · 34 replies · 238+ views
    Washington Blade ^ | January 2, 2004 | KEVIN NAFF and KEN SAIN
    Gay news wasn’t just made in the courts in 2003. Apart from the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning sodomy laws and rulings on same-sex marriage in Massachusetts and Canada that brought hard fought victories for gay rights proponents, there was big news out of Hollywood, New Hampshire and on the presidential campaign trail. Five gay guys turned television on its head as “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” became TV’s most talked about show. Rev. V. Gene Robinson was consecrated in New Hampshire as the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church, and Democratic presidential candidates campaigned hard for...
  • Supreme Validation of Sodomy, Part II and Failure of the Pro-Family Leadership

    12/11/2003 8:55:39 AM PST · by Happy2BMe · 4 replies · 152+ views
    Supreme Validation of Sodomy, Part IIFailure of the Pro-Family Leadership Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part analysis of the Supreme Court’s Lawrence v. Texas decision, handed down in June. Part one can be found in the August 2003 issue of Family Research Report. §The Lawrence v. Texas decision was hailed by homosexual advocates as a monumental victory for the gay rights movement. And rightly so. As discussed in our last issue of Family Research Report (FRR), the Supreme Court established a fundamental new ‘right’ to sodomy in its ruling. It also did something else at least as...
  • The Postmodern Crackup: From soccer moms to college campuses, signs of the end

    12/10/2003 3:16:24 PM PST · by rhema · 6 replies · 151+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | 12/9/03 | Charles Colson with Anne Morse
    Is postmodernism—the philosophy that claims there is no transcendent truth—on life support? It may be premature to sign the death certificate, but there are signs postmodernism is losing strength: I spoke at my alma mater, Brown University, in June, arguing that without acknowledging moral truth, it's impossible for colleges to teach ethics. I've been saying this since the late 1980s, all over America, and I've yet to be successfully contradicted. Whenever someone claims his alma mater teaches ethics, I ask him to send me the curriculum, which invariably turns out to be pure pragmatism, utilitarianism, or social issues like diversity...